Emenike and Victor Moses scored for Nigeria.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria edged closer to making another FIFA senior World Cup appearance as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Flames of Malawi at the UJ Eusene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday.
The Africa champions dominated play from the blast of the whistle even though they had to wait till the dire minutes of the first half to unlock the defence on their opponents.
It was Emmanuel Emenike who set the ball rolling as he marked his return to the national team with a goal having connected well with his teammates in Malawi’s penalty box to put Nigeria ahead.
On resumption of the second half, the Eagles kept piling pressure on the Malawians just like they did in during the first 45 minutes.
Three minutes into the second half, Victor Moses who was one of the stand-out players for Nigeria started a solo run and sent a through pass to Emenike, Moses hoped for a return but Emenike tried to chip the ball over the Malian goalkeeper who made a good save.
That was however the best the Malawians could do as they went two goals down in the 51st minute when Moses who was a thorn in the defence of Malawi team calmly slotted the penalty kick given to Nigeria after Nnamdi Oduamadi was brought down.
The Eagles tried to add to the tally but it was a case of misses, near misses and some brilliant saves from goalkeeper Swinzi Charles who made the score remain respectable for the East Africans who had been boasting that they will shock the Eagles in Calabar.
Mikel Obi was voted Man of the Match and the Eagles got $2,000 (N327, 000) for each goal scored aside their winning bonus of $5,000 (N817, 000).
With the victory, the Eagles finish top of Group F with 12 points and are now through to the play-off stage where the remaining 10 African countries in contention will be paired and will play themselves on home and away basis to determine the continent’s five flag bearers at the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
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